I feel like I already know what y’all are going to say, but hear me out. With this I feel similar to how I felt when Whitney’s Houston’s recent biopic was announced. Sure, it’s not a story we haven’t already heard, but this is the first version to get the big screen treatment and have the family’s backing.. so let’s see what happens.
The legacy of Michael Jackson will be explored in Antoine Fuqua’s upcoming biopic on the undisputed King of Pop, simply titled, ‘Michael.’ However, the question of who would take on the lead role has been subject to speculation.
According to Deadline, Jaafar Jackson, Michael’s nephew (Jermaine Jackson’s son), will take on the lead role in the film. Fuqua and Jackson confirmed the news on social media this morning.
“Proud to announce @jaafarjackson as Michael — the motion picture event that explores the journey of the man who became the King of Pop. Coming soon,” the Training Day director shared on Instagram.
Jackson expressed his gratitude for the opportunity afterward, writing, “I’m humbled and honored to bring my Uncle Michael’s story to life. To all the fans all over the world, I’ll see you soon.”
Jaafar Jackson, the son of Jermaine Jackson, showcased his talents as a singer and dancer on social media in the past, which undoubtedly helped him secure the role. It’s said that the upcoming film won’t shy away from exploring some of the grimmer sides of Jackson’s life. From his beginnings as a member of the Jackson 5, Michael will capture the highs and lows of the singer’s career, up until his death from cardiac arrest.
Michael’s estate will also be involved in the film, providing the rights to the singer’s catalog. However, it makes many wonder how this might impact the storyline when it comes to some of the troubles that came Jackson’s way.
As a Michael fan, I’m hopeful. The Jackson’s are notoriously protective over Michael’s legacy (as they should be) and lord knows it can’t be any worse than that Flex Alexander mess some years ago. Are you here for it?
I'm glad we're getting a Michael Jackson biopic and that his nephew is playing him bcz someone has GOT to right Flex Alexander's wrongs!
This shxt is CRIMINAL! 😭 pic.twitter.com/q5IPMd299l
— thong song enthusiast. (@thePLAINESTjane) January 30, 2023
I still wanna know why tf would they use Flex Alexander to portray Michael Jackson back in the day 😭😭😭like???? Who said that was okay to do??? pic.twitter.com/DkiH0m3HBj
— Stokey (@Djstokes_) January 30, 2023